Pearson Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics (2017)

Update to Edexcel A level Mathematics 2017

Qualification news | Mon Nov 14 17:34:00 UTC 2016

We originally submitted our draft Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics 2017 qualifications to Ofqual in summer 2016.

Following feedback from Ofqual in September on our first submission, we’ve recently resubmitted our draft Edexcel A level Mathematics 2017 qualifications. Our resubmitted draft specification includes a proposed change to the way the assessments for the A level Maths qualifcation will be structured.

What has changed?

In our revised A level Maths draft specification, we have moved from having specific content defined for each of the two Pure Maths papers, to having open content across both of these papers. This means that any of the pure content can be assessed on either paper. Paper 3 will still assess only Statistics and Mechanics. 

Updated structure (at resubmission):

Paper 1: Pure Maths 1

AS and A level pure maths content can be assessed     
 

 

Paper 2: Pure Maths 2

AS and A level pure maths content can be assessed
                                                                           

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics

Unchanged - separate sections for statistics and mechanics
 

With this new structure…

  • we retain separate papers for Pure and Applied Maths, with two papers where only Pure Maths is assessed and one where Mechanics and Statistics is assessed, allowing students to focus their efforts
  • the two papers assessing all of the pure maths content learned across the two years of the linear course are both equally balanced in terms of demand, with questions ramped appropriately across each paper 
  • co-teaching of AS and A level is still supported, as the Pure Maths content that is common to both qualifications can be taught in year 12, with the 'A level only' content taught in year 13.

Find out more

To download our updated draft specifications and sample assessments, visit our Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics page.

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